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beckon

verb uk   /ˈbek.ən/ us  
[I or T] to move your hand or head in a way that tells someone to come nearer: The customs official beckoned the woman to his counter. "Hey you!" she called, beckoning me over with her finger. He beckoned to me, as if he wanted to speak to me.Gestures and gesturing in general [I] If something beckons, it attracts people: For many young people, the bright lights of London beckon, though a lot of them end up sleeping on the streets.Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction [I] If an event or achievement beckons, it is likely to happen: She's an excellent student, for whom a wonderful future beckons.About to happenCloseness in distance and time
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